These were the heroes who owned the summers of the 1960s.
Harmon Killebrew and Jim Kaat.
Tony Oliva and Camilo Pascual.
Jim Perry and Bob Allison.
Zoilo Versalles and Earl Battey.
During the summers of the 1960s, the heroes of Minneapolis and St. Paul wore Twins uniforms. On their best days (which were, admittedly, too few), they were entertaining and inspiring. They smote hated rivals and sent their best to the All-Star game, in the decade when that mid-summer classic moved under the lights … and into prime time.
On their worst days, these Twins heroes broke our hearts, squandering late-inning leads and pre-season hopes … but they never lost our devotion.
They were the heroes of our youth. Now their stories are collected in
Twins Heroes: Remembering the Minnesota Twins Who Helped Make the 1960s Baseball’s Real Golden Age.
The book profiles the best (and a few of the worst) of the Minnesota Twins of the 1960s. In all, there are 51 profiles of the infielders, outfielders, catchers and pitchers who played for the Minnesota Twins in the 1960s.
Do you remember …
The curve-balling right-hander who 3 times led the American League in strikeouts, shutouts and complete games? (page 87)
The slugging third baseman who was an 11-time All-Star and drove in 100 or more runs 9 times? (page 16)
The shortstop who was a 2-time All-Star and led the American League in doubles, triples and runs scored in 1965? (page 29)
The 8-time All-Star outfielder who 3 times led the American League in hits during the 1960s? (page 44)
The workhorse left-hander who won 190 games in 15 seasons with the Twins? (page 75)
The Gold Glove catcher who became an All-Star after the team moved to Minnesota? (page 54)
The journeyman reliever who started his career with the Dodgers and saved 76 games (while winning 25) in 4 seasons with the Twins? (page 116)
The hard-hitting outfielder-first baseman who was a 3-time All-Star and was American League Rookie of the Year in 1959? (page 8)
The right-hander who won 21 games in 1965 and led the American League with 6 shutouts? (page 73)
Their stories are here. Enjoy the memories.
Paperback edition: $9.99
Kindle edition: $3.99